"Exorsisters #2" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by Image Comics
Written by Ian Boothby
Illustrated by Gisele Lagace
Colored by Pete Pantazis
Lettered by Taylor Esposito
2018, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on November 21st, 2018
Cate and Kate Harrow are working away as supernatural investigators only to be visited by their estranged mother. Now they're annoyed as they're trying to take care of an exorcism. Parents just don't understand, right? Well, in this case, she sort of does since their mother is the reason they're so in tune with demons and other things that go bump in the night.
It might be a little weird to do an issue for the second chapter of a new series that's almost entirely flashback, but Exorsisters pulls it off rather well. It's actually better that it's here and not in the first issue as it has a larger impact. We got to know Cate and Kate already and now we're invested in their lives, so when we hear about their origins, it's all the more shocking.
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I'm not going to reveal the twist here because that would spoil the whole issue. What I will say is that it's a pretty great concept that opens up a slew of storytelling possibilities for Exorsisters. It's equally dark and dramatic. Picture the worst thing you could ever do to a loved one and then multiply it by a thousand.
This shows the range of Exorsisters, as you can have something as crazy as this twist while also having some pretty lighthearted and funny moments. The flashback is weaved into the modern day story as the Harrows are going through it while on a job. This one is like a quirky version of The Exorcist that starts a little creepy and ends up being pretty hilarious.
Much of this comes through in Gisele Lagace's artwork. Her designs for the characters are fun and playful. Sure, they could end up covered in demon vomit, but that's just part of the job. It's met with a shrug and they continue on with their day, after a shower of course.
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Even the demons are a little on the funny side. Yes, they're evil and could probably rip your throat out, but there's a cartoonish quality to them that fits within this world. It doesn't take away from the dramatic elements of the story, either.
The flashbacks are shaded in this lighter hue. Colorist Pete Pantazis does a great job in differentiating these scenes from those in the present day. Everything has a blue tone to it, but this is changed to red for certain panels, usually leading up to danger. When red is seen in the images, it is often pointing towards evil.
As with the first issue, letterer Taylor Esposito uses a rougher font for the demonic characters that works very well. It plays up the unholy aspect of their existence and gives the appearance of a guttural growl that cuts right to your soul.
Exorsisters could have been a fun romp with two sisters solving supernatural mysteries, like a modern day Scooby Doo, but with real monsters. Instead, it reaches new heights by adding in a compelling mystery and so much family drama. I was already hooked after the first issue, but now I'm pulled in completely.